My Experience On Bubblews
New Bubblers at Bubblews
Published November 8, 2013 by Mary McShane
If you have not heard about the website named "Bubblews" by now, you will be hearing about it very soon. They are signing up hundreds of would-be writers every day under the banner of making money by writing and making it "fast."
The site was started by Arvind and Jason in February 2012 with the concept of providing an ideal community of paying writers with advertising dollars. They split ad revenue 50/50 with their writers (Bubblers) for every post, view, comment and media share made on their articles - which they refer to as "Bubbles."
I read some of the hype written on other websites. Several websites marketed Bubblews as an employment opportunity "Make Money Writing From Home" by writing articles for their website. I already write at Full of Knowledge, ExpertsPages, Blogger and Teckler, none of which require more than a few hours time investment on my part, so I thought "why not sign up and take a look at it."
I could have just looked over the articles, but I thought if I didn't sign up, I would not be able to comment or like any articles without an account. I signed up using the ID "fictionwriter".
I spent two hours reading the area titled "New Bubblews" to see what kinds of articles were being written. This is a section that as each Bubble article was published, it spits out like a blogroll to show it is available to be read, viewed, liked, commented, and/or shared. Many people make their "connections" from this section so new Bubblers gain likes, views and comments, encouraging them to keep writing, stay with the site, make connections and make money from it all.
I told myself I was only there to look around and make a decision to write or not to write, but by the end of two hours, I had made 25 connections with writers who I felt had written quality articles. I really just wanted to see if I would fit in.
How Does Their System Work?
The Bubblews website depends on advertisers, but firstly, it depends on writers. If they don't have writers, they won't be able to attract advertisers. They do not quibble about what type of writers sign up. Everyone is welcome. That does not, however, mean everyone will make good money.
When someone signs up with Bubblews, it is made clear that you don't have to actually BE a writer. They are encouraged to just write about what is going on in their world.
And they do.
There are articles about what they did this morning, making their morning coffee, their ride on the train to work, their shuttling their kids off to school, how their very own Bubblews system is making them more money than any other Bubblers on Bubblews, recipes of all kinds, about their fears, about their loves, about their not getting paid for their writing and much more.
Getting paid and not getting paid are the topics of at least one article in each writer's library of articles.
- If they got paid, they write about it.
- If they have just clicked the "redeem" button, they write about it.
- If they clicked it and are waiting for their money, they write about it.
- If a day has gone by and they haven't been paid, they write long articles tagging the CEO's asking why they haven't been paid. Then they start asking for input from other Bubblers.
- If more than three days has gone by, it gets ugly. They start linking their articles to new articles, often asking others to look and see where they might have broken the rules.
And many do break the rules, some just don't realize it.
Breaking The Rules
The word "plagarism" is a foreign word to people who are new to writing. They have no idea that the recipe they just copied and pasted is called plagarism. They have no idea that copying and pasting a news report from their local newspaper's website is plagarism. They have no idea that posting photographs without giving author credit is a big no-no.
They will not get paid for the views, likes or comments of these Bubble articles, but as far as they are concerned, they published them, got likes, views, and comments and they should be paid for them. Not so, the Bubblews way.
When the "Bank" reaches $25.00, each Bubbler is allowed to cash out by clicking the "redeem" button. How long it takes you to make $25.00 depends on how many connections you made, how many likes, views, and comments were tabulated from your articles. Once redeemed, whether you get receive payment or not, that counts as one redemption. Then your Bank starts over from $0.00 so new clicks can be counted, and you are on your way to your next Redemption, which is all many Bubblers live for. (Update: Bank now has to be $50 before being paid.)
I don't know anyone who sits and counts up how much they are owed; most people take Bubblews' word for it that their Bank is correct. They do count their articles and their connections though! There are people writing on the site who say they have not been paid for more than three redemptions and yet they stay and keep publishing, always writing at least one article about not being paid.
Some people really believe that they can make a sustainable dependable living from writing and redeeming on this site.
And who knows? Maybe there is a list somewhere of the top 500 Bubblers who cash out $25 every day or several times a day. If there are such folks, I am sure they have no life outside of this website because this website needs your true time dedication in order to make any great amount of money.
Another rule breaker is not writing enough content in their article to satisfy the "400 character limit." To overcompensate, many Bubblers inflate their posts with extra words to lengthen it because they think it means 400 words, not 400 characters.
For those who don't read that properly, the amount of extra words thrown into each short article is astounding. lol
Someone's "rise and shine, letting the dog out and getting their cup of coffee" article can be excruciating to read with surplus words and repetitive sentences.
Didn't I Read The Manual?
Even though I signed up on September 22, 2013, I didn't write my first article until October 10, 2013 because I got waylaid by other projects. Of course.
I had made about 25 connections with writers I thought wrote interesting content. I thought if I connected with writers of like mind, I'd attract more viewers. What was I thinking? Didn't I read the manual?
Because the majority of articles are purely personal in nature, I decided my first post on October 10, 2013 would introduce a little bit about myself without going into too much personal detail. I wrote what it is like to come from a family of four sets of twins.
Even with my 25 connections, the article got very little recognition (likes and views) and in my opinion, it tanked. It only got three or four likes from my connections. It didn't even get a comment until the next day.
Never one to quit after one try, the next day I wrote another "quality" article on October 11, 2013 about how to get your name off any mailing list. The article got one like in one hour and in four hours, it garnered three comments.
I am sure you can see the error of my ways just from my first two articles. I was going for quality and they were going for "anything."
Clearly I was not going to make any money on this website unless I changed my writing style and made more connections with "anyone and everyone." But, the question was, Was I willing to do that?
The problem I have is a purely personal issue with me. Quantity vs quality.
I now have over 250 connections and only a small fraction write quality content. They stay there because they make fast money. The rest of my connections either write about everyday life in their world, or copy paste the news or recipes from well known websites or use language translators which make the articles almost impossible to follow. Although plagarism is almost rampant there, no one seems to do anything about it.
If you ever get writer's block, Bubblews can cure that for you just by scanning the sheer diversity of subjects. You might be one of the few who actually read some of the posts, because judging from the quickness of the "likes" on each article, there is no way people are really reading them to completion.
Even though connections are a big part of this site, I do not go out of my way to connect with others, I do connect back as a courtesy which accounts for more than 250 of my connections.
How anyone gets to read (let alone make comments on) the astronomical amount of posts when they sign on each day is ridiculous. My notifications used to go back 8 hours most days when I first started, and now they only go back 3 hours because my number of connections increased from 50 to over 250.
If each person writes 10 posts (the limit), times that by my 250 connections, that's a lot of reading and clicking to get paid per view. There are Bubblers with thousands of connections.
When you click on posts, each function counts toward your Bank - the view, the like, the comment, the sharing to Google and Facebook.
I don't know how much longer I will stay with Bubblews because quite frankly, it is a time eater. Once I wrote an article (Bubble) voicing that I didn't know if it was worth it to stay at Bubblews and one of the CEO's commented on my article that he wanted me to stay because he cared what I had to say. Other Bubblers pointed out that the CEO doesn't comment on just anyone's posts, so I guess I'm humbled by that.
It is extremely overwhelming, sometimes almost schizophrenic in trying to keep up with posting articles and comments as well as constantly connecting, if one wants to keep making money.
I've read some hubs about other hubbers' experiences on Bubblews and one of the common threads they talk about is that the site goes down a lot. It does, especially during high traffic hours at dinner, late night, early morning, etc. You can lose the article you were working on (no save feature), and the comment you were writing. What most are talking about is how it influences their Bank when the site is down.
Once on the site, you are sure to spend two hours or more, unless you have great willpower to either click off the site and move on, or shut down your computer completely. lol I know I am spread too thin time-wise and that will get rectified very soon. I can't keep up this pace and still keep putting out marketable quality content.
It is true that Bubblews pays more than other sites because you are getting paid CPV (click per view) and CPC (click per comment). One can build a $25.00 bank with 500 connections writing 10 articles per day (their limit) and cash out $25.00 per day several times per week.
On other sites, I get paid per completed article of quality content or by content which is assigned to me. It is at the discretion of the site and I often have to wait a week or more to receive payment.
Bubblews pays within three days of clicking the "redeem" button. Last Saturday, I redeemed my first $25 (and was paid). As you can tell from the screenshot at the right, I am nowhere near $25.00 for my second redemption. Whether there will be a third redemption is up in the air.
I was curious about the site. I see the light now. I will stick to writing quality content sparingly there while keeping up with my other obligations.
For anyone who wants to experience Bubblews, I wish you well. But be prepared to put in a big time investment making connections, writing, and commenting in order to be paid.
This site is not for those who are looking for dependable income because the site can refuse to pay for a number of reasons, as outlined above.
As for Hub Pages, there is absolutely NO comparison on any level. They want quality content, and that is what I wish to continue writing. I consider this hub a website review, just like many other hubbers have written about Bubblews.
Please don't judge me.
I wonder if there is a recovery group for ex-Bubblers.......
© Mary McShane
© 2013 Mary McShane